We are available 24 hours each day to talk with anyone who is being affected by domestic or sexual violence. You may be in crisis, feel you need to enter Haven House, or just need to talk about your situation. We will be happy to help with information and referrals, assist with a safety plan for your family, or locate a shelter near you. We are also available to talk with those who are concerned about a loved one. The hotline # is 800-491-1138
Haven House has 31 beds available for women and children who are homeless due to domestic violence. While in the shelter, adult survivors have the opportunity to safety plan and set goals for their families. They may join a peer support group and will be assigned an advocate to help with community referrals. Shelter is available at no cost and women and children are accepted on a first come-first served basis. If you feel you are in need of shelter services, it’s mandatory that you call the 24 hour hotline to make a plan with the shelter staff.
Our peer support groups are facilitated by trained professionals, and while not therapeutic in nature, many participants find encouragement, strength and support from engaging in daily discussions with women who have experienced the same problems. Support groups are held Monday-Friday at 10:00 am and are at no cost to participants. Any woman who is a survivor or domestic or sexual violence is welcomed to attend. There are several topics weekly. To find the group that best fits your needs, you may call the business office at 573-686-4873.
Not everyone who utilizes Haven House is need of shelter. Advocates are available to meet with survivors individually to discuss the dynamics of domestic violence, its effects on the family and the most common experiences of women who have been victimized. They can assist with safety planning and community referrals as survivors find ways to gain control over their lives. You may call either the hotline or the business number for outreach services.
This is a court mandated program for those who have been convicted of domestic assault or a related crime, or have been ordered to attend by the probation or parole officer and emphasizes zero tolerance for new incidents of abuse. This 26 week program holds batterers accountable, educates them on the effects their actions have on the victim and underscores that they must learn and decide to act differently. Based on a sliding fee scale, the minimum weekly class is $10.
Advocates are available in both the 36th Judicial Circuit civil and criminal courts. Assistance with protection orders, court accompaniment and applications for Crime Victims Assistance are services offered to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Advocates can also offer empathetic listening, community referrals and information about domestic violence and its effects on the victim and her family. If are feel you would benefit from the services of either court advocate, please call 573-686-4873 for a referral.